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Merseyside and Cheshire is one of five cancer networks testing improved assessment and practical support for older people during their cancer treatment.
Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer network is testing new methods of assessment and support in three NHS trust pilot sites.
These pilot sites are trialling a method of pre-operative assessment, called “PREOP”, in cancer patients aged 70 and over. Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) at the pilot sites conduct 30 minute interviews with each patient to assess their fitness for cancer treatment. This study aims to see whether tools including the vulnerable elders survey 13 (VES-13), can predict how well a patient will cope with surgery.
This video has been created by Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network to showcase the work of their pilot sites. You will hear interviews with hospital staff, Age UK staff and buddies, and the perspective of a local older person with cancer.
Following the assessment, the CNS will offer patients practical and emotional support to cope at home during their treatment. Older cancer patients who feel they need support are referred to local Age UK and Age Concern services. Volunteers from Age UK provide support in the form of befriending, shopping, cooking, cleaning and more. In providing short term practical support for older people, Age UK volunteers aim to enable older people to feel more physically and emotionally able to cope with cancer treatment
Read more about the Merseyside and Cheshire NHS Trusts involved in the pilot project here:
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